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A patient smiling while consulting with a health care provider at UVA about deep brain stimulation.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) uses electrodes that your doctor implants in your brain to treat tremors and other symptoms caused by movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

UVA was the first center in Virginia to offer DBS. Our experience with this treatment attracts patients from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. We have a collaborative team of specialists from neurosurgeons to physical therapists and neuropsychologists. 

Find out how DBS works.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Do you have tremors? Parkinson's? Dystonia? Find out if deep brain stimulation at UVA could be the answer you're looking for to reduce your symptoms and get you back to the life you love.
A patient smiling while consulting with a health care provider at UVA about deep brain stimulation.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) uses electrodes that your doctor implants in your brain to treat tremors and other symptoms caused by movement disorders like Parkinson's disease.

UVA was the first center in Virginia to offer DBS. Our experience with this treatment attracts patients from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. We have a collaborative team of specialists from neurosurgeons to physical therapists and neuropsychologists. 

Find out how DBS works.

Can DBS Help You?

Who Can Get DBS?

You could be eligible for DBS if you:

  • Have Parkinson's disease, essential tremor or dystonia
  • Pass a physical exam that shows you can safely tolerate an operation
  • Find that medications have negative or no effects

What Does DBS Not Do?

We can't predict how individuals will respond to therapy. However, experience shows that DBS typically does not:

  • Help balance or freezing of gait 
  • Cure PD
  • Prevent PD from continuing to progress
  • Treat cognitive changes associated with PD
About Deep Brain Stimulation

How DBS Can Help

DBS has proven successful in reducing symptoms in essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. It can even help to reduce tics in Tourette syndrome.

DBS can help if you:

  • Have a tremor that does not respond to medication
  • Respond well to medication, but the effects change throughout the day
  • Have dyskinesia or extreme movement problems, caused by medication

Find out more about our expert approaches to Parkinson's disease and movement disorders.

DBS at UVA

We can work with you and your family to:

  • Optimize medical therapy
  • Assess your options
  • Set expectations 
  • Identify future treatments or clinical trials
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Podcasts

Listen to Binit Shah, MD, talk about the way deep brain stimulation helps treat Parkinson's disease symptoms.